“Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, perhaps the most beautiful for millions of foreigners who love, dream and visit it. Unfortunately, we Romans do not always live up to the extraordinary beauty we have inherited. We should learn, instead, to look after it more carefully “. The writer, director and screenwriter Federico Moccia, author of the bestselling books “Three meters above the sky”, “I want you” and “Sorry but I call you love” which have become successful films, intervenes in the debate opened in recent days by the journalist Clemente Mimun, director of TG5, with a letter published in “Il Messaggero” entitled “What the Romans (don’t) do for the capital”, to which director Enrico Vanzina replied today in the same newspaper. “Mimun – declares Moccia in a conversation with Adnkronos – is absolutely right when he urges all those who live in Rome and love her not to resign themselves to her degradation, but to seriously reflect on his state and his needs”. “Rudeness belongs to everyone: it is as if someone did not feel the city they live in as their own – explains the writer and director Federico Moccia, who is also at the origin of the phenomenon of the Lovers’ padlock on Ponte Milvio – The Roman citizen in some respects has need to be educated: he must feel the city as his own, he must understand that the city belongs to him. Rome is not a city to be loved only in words, it must be valued with daily and continuous gestures over time, all the more so now that it is once again a destination of many tourists. As happens in many European cities, we must also be strict with citizens who do not respect and do not protect this beauty “. To combat the daily degradation of Rome, “also made up of many small gestures of inattention on the part of the citizens”, there is a need for “constant action, a serious, rigorous program of interventions. We really need to do something urgent against the degradation of Rome – Federico Moccia warns – because it is a situation that has been dragging on for too long. Citizens must be invited to do their part but they certainly cannot replace the task of the institutions that must plan and act in the name of the community. , therefore, that the protection of the beauty of Rome should be seriously and controlled against daily degradation “.
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